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(God) After Auschwitz: Tradition and Change in Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought / Edition 1
     

(God) After Auschwitz: Tradition and Change in Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought / Edition 1

by Zachary Braiterman
 

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ISBN-10: 0691059411

ISBN-13: 9780691059419

Pub. Date: 11/23/1998

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The impact of technology-enhanced mass death in the twentieth century, argues Zachary Braiterman, has profoundly affected the future shape of religious thought. In his provocative book, the author shows how key Jewish theologians faced the memory of Auschwitz by rejecting traditional theodicy, abandoning any attempt to justify and vindicate the relationship between

Overview

The impact of technology-enhanced mass death in the twentieth century, argues Zachary Braiterman, has profoundly affected the future shape of religious thought. In his provocative book, the author shows how key Jewish theologians faced the memory of Auschwitz by rejecting traditional theodicy, abandoning any attempt to justify and vindicate the relationship between God and catastrophic suffering. The author terms this rejection "Antitheodicy," the refusal to accept that relationship. It finds voice in the writings of three particular theologians: Richard Rubenstein, Eliezer Berkovits, and Emil Fackenheim.

This book is the first to bring postmodern philosophical and literary approaches into conversation with post-Holocaust Jewish thought. Drawing on the work of Mieke Bal, Harold Bloom, Jacques Derrida, Umberto Eco, Michel Foucault, and others, Braiterman assesses how Jewish intellectuals reinterpret Bible and Midrash to re-create religious thought for the age after Auschwitz.

In this process, he provides a model for reconstructing Jewish life and philosophy in the wake of the Holocaust. His work contributes to the postmodern turn in contemporary Jewish studies and today's creative theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691059419
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/23/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Modernity Surpassed: Jewish Religious Thought after Auschwitz3
1Theodicy and Its Others: Forms of Religious Response to the Problem of Evil19
2Anti/Theodicy: In Bible and Midrash35
3Theodicies: In Modern Jewish Thought60
4"Hitler's Accomplice"?! Revisioning Richard Rubenstein87
5Do I Belong to the Race of Words? Anti/Theodic Faith and Textual Revision in the Thought of Eliezer Berkovits112
6Why Is the World Today Not Water? Revelation, Fragmentation, and Solidarity in the Thought of Emil Fackenheim134
Conclusion: Discourse, Sign, Diptych: Remarks on Jewish Thought after Auschwitz161
Notes179
Bibliography193
Index201

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